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turkish. police break up large crowds of protesters and tear gas this after prime minister. to the ongoing protests within twenty four hours. unplugged but undefeated. rallies are held in greece this against the shutdown of the state broadcaster to cut costs journalists are continuing their work on the sidelines by doing it online. i say ronnie and preparing to head to the polls on friday we look at how the presidential race in the islamic republic is rather different from that of the rest of the world.
for the world's top headlines live from moscow this is odd to you with the wrong way thank you for joining us today straight it's ok we go on two weeks police continue their violent crackdown on demonstrators and once again deploying huge amounts of tear gas and this is the country's prime minister has set a twenty four hour deadline for the end of the protests and the ruling party saying it may hold a referendum on controversial redevelopment plans for gezi park and istanbul's taksim square that's where all the troubles originated about two weeks ago let's get the latest details now from istanbul and correspondent. actually have seen the largest number of crackdowns than any other city in turkey for the past two weeks the wednesday was kind of the repetition of what happened before when several people have diverged from a group of protesters who were there initially and weird off towards the u.s. embassy where police have used tear gas and rubber bullets against them to squash
the momentum of the protests that has been happening in ancora obviously this is the capital that's where the seat of the government is though does look like this is the main cause for the police brutality that we're seeing there people from all walks of life having to have been arrested or somehow receive representation for their participation in the protests which everyone said will have to be over within twenty four hours at this point the protesters have to pack up their tents and abandon gezi park they were offered to carry out a referendum but of course the people out on the street said that is a joke that one kind of a friend could possibly talk about when we have already made it clear that we want the park to stay and they want to go. on said during the meeting with representatives of the protest movement although even within the people out in the park or there is an increasing feeling that the people who are actually meeting with their no one don't really represent them like the people haven't really been camping out there for weeks there seem to be some sort of dialogue which obviously seems to have led nowhere several lawyers have been arrested for protesting the
police crackdown on tuesday which have been in istanbul force they're. also going to the streets protesting those arrests as well saying that this is no kind of democracy where people can be arrested just for supporting a cause and to go even further than that we have to remember that there are several channels in turkey which have been fined for showing the brutal police crackdown on taksim square on tuesday so this again goes to ties in with one of the major grievances the protesters have with everyone in that is his suppression of free speech and a real crackdown on the on various media outlets in the country by the. does it seem like it's going to end any time soon the protesters that we have spoken to insist that they will stay here until their demands are met and that everyone obviously doesn't seem like he's going to budge so we're in for some rather tense situation here in turkey. and protest. says that despite the brutal action of the
police and the government's demands and she doesn't see any sign of the rallies ending anytime soon i don't see it and all of a sudden twenty four hours just because prime minister was willing so he has been actually talking about this for the past two weeks and none of the protesters none of the original purchase if i guess the park has left the park i think it's all asked to do with the police for the past few weeks once a police for today from jackson square there was no violence it was very peaceful it was very cheerful and in fact the park itself almost like a sick feeling to it but as soon as the police was back and violence came back to the part that came back to the area around the park i don't think that the government is taking it seriously and psych i know is blaming everything that's been happening in turkey on the artist's type of economy is getting affected by the fact that for some sectors getting back to us and the fact that the truck is getting a bad effect by the protesters and he is a slow as possible figure for all of this. the police have been heavily using tear
gas often mixed with pepper spray over the past decade the country has increased its imports of the chemicals fifty fold human rights groups have raised the alarm pointing to the excessive use of force by the security services altie course want to put a boycott has to look at the possible long term effects of the ongoing crackdown. an all too familiar sight to many europeans and to your stereotypes protests in greece spain. and germany. gay marriage demonstrations in france and now antigovernment protests in turkey whatever the occasion these european governments tear gas is the answer here gas was invented in part to shut people up in thinking about you know this is where where communication meets politics we're talking about a technology a weapon that actually inhibits people from being able to speak that enters into
the throat that enters into the lungs that forces people to kind of disperse so it is actually a technology that is the complete opposite of what freedom of assembly and freedom of speech look like vision of a convention perhaps it's the use of tear gas in international war and yet it's perfectly legal to use against civilian populations the problem with all of these agents is that talks history and the long term effects are worked out primarily on sort of if you like prime age i don't mal's and we know very well that the d.c.s. and there's other gases affects differentially people all the people who are pregnant people who are sick and children the past eighty years have seen reports of lost eyes cranial damage and even death as a result of tear gas canisters it's still somehow legal somehow ok for companies manufacturing tear gas to call themselves non-lethal meanwhile the canisters come
with labels on them that say this is deadly this could be doubly and the how is that even ok you see the tear gas being used increasingly being extensively particularly because of the intense civil unrest which is developing across europe as a result of the economic crises and you see it in greece you see it in in spades. it's not just what's been happening in turkey and the. weapons which are inevitably the weapons of a regime which is attempting to suppress the. protests of people behind these gates is where it all began at the porton down military research base in england's rural will show c.s. gas was developed and tested is secretly in the one nine hundred fifty s. since then it's become a profitable industry sold to police forces the world over in the form of tear gas
and pepper spray in the past four years britain has sold almost as much tear gas to europe as it has to the middle east so it's a weapon system manufactured by the number of companies are for those companies it's obviously extremely profitable to be to be selling more civil unrest more shoes the more the selling of metal the more money that make america what we would say is amnesty is that profit must never ever ever come before human rights so what we really need is governments to ensure that when the last thing the stuff by all stopping distances of any tear gas supplies are ready to swear there is a clear risk as in the case currently in turkey that goes back to. the suppression of if human rights westminster is currently reviewing the export licenses to turkey in light of the istanbul disturbances but for those worried about it seem creasing use c.s. gas is merely a symptom of more fundamental issues surrounding democracy in europe why are there
so many people dissenting right now why is it that we've had such a breakdown in supposedly democratic countries that we can no longer have any kind of mediation or dialogue with their population what kinds of failures of representative government are we seen that that where we go is should we poison them with tear gas or should we what take out machine guns and tanks against them what hap. and to all the other range of things that exist between having a conversation and poison in a population plenty see london. well from turmoil in turkey to the protests mounting in greece the softer the government pulled state t.v. and radio off air all in its latest cost cutting move the labor unions launched
a twenty four hour strike at midnight while journalists across all greek media have walked out of their jobs indefinitely now staff at the abruptly closed broadcaster are trying to continue programming on the internet or those defying the government's decision thousands have been rallying outside the company's headquarters in athens in support of its more than twenty six hundred employees who have all lost their jobs now and more rallies are being called for later today. well it all started on tuesday night when television presenters were cut off right in the middle of their broadcast and by the screens when blank across greece with transmitters gradually closing down a few hours after the government made an unexpected decision to shut down the country's main broadcaster the dramatic unplugging of iatse has triggered a revolt in the ruling coalition with some already condemning the move and the georgia. press or of constitutional law he believes it's pretty obvious to most
that the author of he's clearly losing control. the majority of the good. this is the often we may soon as a blow to democracy of course to the independent source. for our society in my opinion it's actually an act of very very soon the government is facing i fear you will. need. to do to distract the political appearance on towards another goal as you know we are leaving now we know very dire economic situation so it's good government for its inability to control the situation. to act like about you know decisions that even its allies have to other parts of the political coalition are disapproving. in the meantime greece has been downgraded from
a developed economy to one of the so-called emerging markets by morgan stanley and governments are tending to make huge mistakes as they're trying to tackle their financial woes but are still managing to profit from it that's according to max kaiser he explains a bit later in his own program here on r.t. . economic theory of hoops. creates expensive facts on the ground and normalizes what otherwise would have been willingly accepted by citizens and consumers a complete rubbish many new markets are opened and told was erected by those with the connections to get away with. my bad economics is too bad for everyone else let's move on to another giant story many have covered this but it's interesting to compare it to the whole global financial and banking system banker falls asleep on keyboard at work accidently transfers two hundred ninety three
million dollars a german bank employee was supposed to transfer just sixty two point forty euros from a bank account belonging to a retiree but instead fell asleep for an instant while pushing on to the number two on the keyboard making it a huge two two two two two two two two year order. it's good to have you with us here on our team today and still to come for you in this program. on the internet examine how americans are getting themselves from sweeping government surveillance and the reaction of those security revelations are causing around the world details on that and the rest of your top headlines in just a. little . technology innovation all the developments from around
thanks for joining us here on. revelations of worldwide surveillance by the u.s. has many americans taking privacy protection into their own hands the turning to encrypted online communications to prevent the n.s.a.'s prison program of tracking them tens of thousands of sign an online petition calling on congress to reveal the full extent of its spying. reports. america's national security elektra onyx rail is a program known as prism has no doubt ignited global outrage however the pervasive top secret spying system approved and allowed by the obama administration also appears to be motivating journalists and average internet users to immigrate over to the deep web where the national security agency's almighty virtual reach purports to be powerless whether users can break out of prison by opting out of
apple safari and skype and switching over to alternative for a pyre terry software that's anonymous not indexed and leaves no cyber footprint some of those online companies include tor browser bundle duck duck go crypto cat and a bit message given president obama's indefinite war on whistleblowers and the justice department's recent a.p. and fox news scandals experts say that now is the time for journalists most importantly to learn how to scramble their phones and dive into the n.s.a. free deep web and then from there to the regular and. where you're coming from you're just. living. the road is being encrypted. it should be thinking this way now it goes to the realization how it can first and foremost and. joins us.
now corning to the guardian journalist glenn greenwald and n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden set up a secure encrypted communication system back in february which snowden would later use to send the top secret documents belonging to the n.s.a.'s prism program the electronic frontier foundation has published an online guide indicating a significant amount of ways in which people. opt out of. our. program. joined. watching. website. sixty thousand signatures.
boundless informant program which tracks information collected from around the world has caused. here showing that germany was among the most spied on nations with chancellor merkel expected to discuss all this with president obama that will be next week when they meet. now a german member of the european parliament quick to say this surveillance or reminds him of the infamous stasi secret police in east germany also his colleague from neighboring austria was appalled by these revelations ultimately saying that america is just doing whatever it wants to do and. expressed concern over these actions which he said would ultimately be illegal in his country and gyptian freedom activist was shocked at how much as country was targeted for information and then other european. to come he told me earlier that he's worried that nobody knows exactly what the americans are doing with the global data they're scooping up
. the data is supposed to be about potential security threats but is it possible though that the american national security agency is using the spying to get clandestine information perhaps like economic secrets for example that the real problem at this moment we don't know exactly what the americans are doing with our darpa and especially with our privacy data and i think they are exaggerating a little bit in their a security policy if they want the data of the american citizens for me it's ok but no european data without our approval according to a number of different international analysts america's national security agency does not report to anybody even the president of the united states is there someone
that it should be held to account towards it's very strange that you collect data especially of european citizens and that at the end nobody is responsible for the collection of data so at least the united states and president obama has to make clear to you be in union what they are doing with the data how they stalk them for how long and what is the purpose or there are a collection and i think we have to correct this the european citizens have to be protected for foreign secrets surfaces. of course are plenty more stories we're covering right now on our web site r t v dot com for this hour you can find this a threat to the skies al qaeda linked mali rebels could possess missiles left over from the war in libya that are capable of taking down large passenger airliners. also on the website right now that our blocked funds the deficit. town of west will
not be getting much of the federal cash it needs to deal with the damage caused by a huge fertilizer plant explosion that happened two months ago but the full scoop on our website right now. iranians are preparing for a changing of the god the country will be welcoming a new president for the first time in eight years six candidates vying for that position in the islamic republic with the first round of voting due to begin on friday but election campaigning and the process itself have some noticeable differences from most other nations the explanation correspondent maria. hours away from presidential elections stick around looks like it usually does busy busy people have a traffic it's barely noticeable but iran is at a special moment with history you will not see many benner is the posters in iran ahead of the country's eleventh presidential vote but that's not because the awful
beaten the way people vote in the run is significantly different from what western people used to experience. if people see a campaign poster they will start thinking they spend lots of money on that where does it all come from and they will draw the conclusion that someone a bank or an organization funds the candidate and that means when a candidate takes power he will have to give back the money he will all of them and with such strings attached you'll be never free people will never vote for a politician like that what. but the reason we for candidates to run most cost grassroots based can change with people handing out flyers advertising different political problems stamp out that some voices to complain they face obstacles and which in a larger public intellectual peoples who have the right access to internet and thinks more than twelve million people learn no using the internet so. it is much easier to communicate with. but the people in more rural areas we need more more
trying to get through them this is the. weak point. this year for the first time ever iran had live t.v. debates between candidates for months to face some internal and external criticism but the dissidents maintain that despite the need for iran you know it's still better to give it a try rather than have the name debate we're told is the presidential legs above from thirty years ago three decades so you know we had you know monarchy and you know so it's all. all new we are learning and trying to. make better and better every year iran is one of the people islamic states in the world follow in a muslim dominated traditional guidelines is also essential to leaning hearts and minds of the voters to his jaw a candidate who cannot go against our religious or cultural tradition of you cannot
change the way women where he jobs and asked for taboos on foreign policy issues you cannot come out and say iran will become a friend of the us or israel mohammad says these restrictions are aimed at protecting the national character of the elections and have to do with considerable pressure from outside the country you cannot go against values even democratic countries can do that but perhaps if we weren't under so much pressure from foreign countries that only wanted to change the government of iran our campaign would be different if you had but not all agree to heart of fire the politicians become more and more distance from people because the gap is wider and wider and who election is not more and more like an apartment and this is why i will know that the protests that followed the two thousand and nine elections are still fresh in the memory of many iranians during the unrest between thirty and seventy people were killed hundreds others injured thousands arrested after people states dryly is
calling into question as many jobs victory with a majority of sixty percent may think less people will go to the polls this year as they fear violence but the number of those who is to consider the election a positive development is just as significant as the army nationally known as la mixtape not saudi arabia nor could they ever have elections like we have in those countries it's more like someone has appointed them to have called for the outsiders in actions in iran may seem unusual a different medical from what's come to be the norm in the west but if you look closely you can see a picture that is familiar in many countries that public divide is in who they want to offend and force. make the tough decision. notion our team to run in iran. and to afghanistan for the r t world update where six people police officers were shot dead by one of the a checkpoint in the helmand province earlier this week a policeman opened fire and killed seven other officers in the same province in
green on blue attack someone afghan and nato forces have become a common part of the insurgent strategy. if you're flying out of europe today look out disruptions intensified because air traffic controllers are striking in france for a third day eighteen hundred flight cancellations workers outraged with plans to centralize control of european airspace saying it will affect public safety ultimately though the european commission says the moves of vital to cutting costs for the railway workers they're also expected to join the protests. well i just a moment the iranian election system in a worlds apart. you
know when i was in school they would tell us stories about that other goofy economic system in the eastern bloc and about why it was doomed to fail they tell us how terrified communist bureaucrats would work very hard to give the illusion of a fish and see when their bosses were in town essentially out of fear they would try to convince the state that everything was just fine they promise of a fresh coat of paint on some stuff bump up their numbers in the books and get employees to put a smile on for the cameras so they wouldn't lose their jobs yeah this our teachers told us was a sign of true doomed economics rolling the clock forward twenty or thirty years the bosses of the current global economic system are in town and many locations around the upcoming g eight summit in northern ireland are doing their best to hide their economic downturn from the media according to our t.v. news the government of northern ireland has spent two million pounds dealing with derelict buildings some of these buildings have simply been knocked out but some have been spruced up like butcher shops with images of meat stuck over the windows
to hide their barren interiors or the now famous local office supply store which contains no office supplies at all but it sure doesn't look nice and i guess that's what counts spending two million pounds to hype economic downturn from the g eight and other eyes whether than spending it actually you know improving the local economy seems like doomed economic practices to me but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to worlds apart iranians go to the polls today to elect their new
president but before they even had a chance to make up their mind and did that candidate western observers describe their vote as a sham compared to other countries is arounds electoral system really so flawed is it just another case of iran being counted in and possibly high standard discount that our knowledge joined by reza pahlavi the son of the last child to run and a project obviously activist mr harvey thank you very much for being here on one of the part correct me from wrong but as far as i understand your position is that the iranian voters should really disregard the choice of the candidates that they're being offered today is that correct indeed the basic premise of the problem from day one was a regime that is making a mockery of what they called elections were none of the circumstances in which by .